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ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico (CNN) -- Anecita Hudson, mother of U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, said, "At last they found my Joseph," on Sunday when she found out her son turned up safe and sound after spending time as prisoner of war in Iraq.

Hudson was one of seven missing U.S. troops who were found near Tikrit on Sunday, three weeks after their capture.

"The Army, they let me know that my Joseph is safe," Ms. Hudson told CNN.

"I'm crying and I'm happy," she said.

On March 23, Iraqi troops ambushed the 507th Maintenance Company, which is based at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Hudson, 24, became one of 12 in the unit to be captured, killed or missing.

Hudson and his wife, Natalie, began dating when she was a sophomore at Alamogordo High School in New Mexico.

The couple has been married three years and have a 5-year-old daughter named Cameron, according to the Associated Press.

Hudson grew up in a military family and graduated from high school in 1998 -- also from Alamogordo High.

His father was an Air Force retiree killed in a Florida motorcycle accident in 1991, according to the El Paso Times.

Mother and son returned to Alamogordo after the accident because they had lived there when the elder Hudson was assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

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